WEEC NEWS – MONDAY, JUNE 23, 2014


We hope you had a good weekend! A lot of news happened over the weekend, including a couple of accidents involving law enforcement vehicles. The U.S. tied in its game in the FIFA Soccer tournaments and will be moving on! Ken Kettering will come our way with sports, but before that I’ll take a look at news from around the Miami Valley. I’m Ruth Book reporting for the WEEC News!

Nearly 1,600 homes and businesses were without power this morning in Champaign County. Dayton Power & Light crews found an open breaker at a substation and power was restored just before 8am.

A power outage also occurred last night around 6:40 at Kings Island. Duke Energy restored power and by 8pm, many of the major rides were back in operation. They aren’t sure what caused that power outage.
Police in Dayton are investigating a crash Saturday morning that involved a police cruiser. Two people in a car collided with the cruiser around 2:42 am at North St. Clair and East Second streets. A male passenger suffered minor injuries but refused hospital treatment. No one else was injured. That crash is under investigation.

Five people, including three juveniles, were in a car that hit a Huber Heights police cruiser then sped away Saturday morning. According to Dayton Daily News reports, officers were called to check a suspicious vehicle at St. Peters Church on Chambersburg Road in Huber Heights. When police arrived, the vehicle pulled away and struck a marked police cruiser. Police began a chase when the vehicle did not stop. That vehicle attempted to pass another on Brandt Pike, lost control and hit a curb. All but the front-seat passenger got out and ran away. Police were able to locate three who ran away, but one juvenile is still at large. Two adults were arrested and booked into the Montgomery County jail. One juvenile was released and one taken to the juvenile detention center for allegedly obstructing official business. Police said tools commonly used in burglaries were found in the vehicle.

Careflight transported a motorcycle rider who was seriously injured in a crash in Piqua around 4:00 Saturday afternoon. The motorcycle was the only vehicle involved in the crash in the 900 block of South College Street.

Fire destroyed an SUV last night just after 9pm in Piqua. Officer Paula Craft with the Piqua Police Department reported that a motorist from Cincinnati was driving a Ford Expedition on the way to Detroit and was having mechanical problems when he got off I-75 in Piqua. His vehicle was smoking and he stopped at a gas station to get a fire extinguisher and they asked him to move away from the gas pumps. The driver moved the SUV across the street to the parking lot of Sleep City in the 300 block of Looney Road. No injuries were reported, but the fire quickly spread, causing a total loss of the vehicle.
Police in Dayton put out a car fire early this morning and police are now investigating to see if the car was stolen. The vehicle was destroyed in the fire just before 4am in the 3600 block of Stoney Hollow Road.

Three children were injured in a jet ski crash on Eastwood Lake at Eastwood Metropark in Dayton around 7:30 Saturday night. Park Rangers said two jet skis collided on the lake but the victims were able to make it to shore, where medics then transported them to local hospitals.

A woman in Beavercreek was trapped underneath a car Saturday evening in the Walmart parking lot after a motorist struck a parked car, which hit the woman and an SUV. Crews were called around 6:30pm to the store near Fairfield Commons. Batallion Chief Bryon Betsinger of the Beavercreek Township Fire Department said the woman was pinned under the car, but they were able to free her quickly then extricate her. The woman, in her 20’s, was taken to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. A witness said a woman driving a white Mercedes struck a curb, then struck a parked car, pushing it into the SUV. The woman who was hurt was walking through the parking lot between the two vehicles when the Mercedes slammed into them. A woman in the SUV was taken to Soin Medical Center but the driver and passenger in the Mercedes were not injured. No word yet on what charges may be filed.

The Dayton Mall and the Mall at Fairfield Commons have both been put for sale according to Columbus-based Glimcher Realty Trust, which has put 13 of its properties up for sale. Glimcher spokeswoman Karen Bailey said in a statement released to the Dayton Daily News that “Our goal through this process is to sell only three or four of the 13 properties listed and raise approximately $200 to $300 million dollars.” Bailey continued, saying the money raised “will be used to reinvest into the business through redevelopment and further enhancements to our balance sheet.” Bailey did say that both the Dayton Mall and the Mall at Fairfield Commons are “performing very well and continue to attract new, national brands to market.” She stated that Glimcher would be “happy to continue to own and manage both of them”.

Former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be in the area on Friday, June 27th when she comes to Books & Co. at the Greene in Beavercreek to sign her book “Hard Choices”. Time of her arrival has not been set yet, but the store will issue line numbers one hour before the signing time. Attendees will need to show their Books & Co. receipt to receive a line number.

Miss Montgomery County is now the new 2014 Miss Ohio. 22 year old Mackenzie Bart is a senior at Ohio State University who hopes to become a meteorologist. Bart’s talent was being a ventriloquist and she will next compete for the title of Miss America!

A 34 year old husband may be a double-amputee, but he came to his wife’s rescue when an intruder entered their home in Dayton Saturday night. The man, who has two prosthetic legs, was sitting outside in a wheelchair when he heard his wife scream. The woman had returned home from work around 9pm and found a stranger standing in her ransacked bedroom. The husband went inside, hit the suspect in the head with a glass bottle, then pinned the intruder to the floor by sitting on him, until police arrived. 49 year old Joseph Copeland, the suspect, and the male victim were both taken to Miami Valley Hospital. According to the police report, Copeland will be treated for mental health issues, as well as medical treatment for his injuries.

An 11 year old boy was asleep in his living room when he woke up to a robber holding a knife to him in the early hours…between 1 and 2am. Police were called just before 10:45am yesterday to the residence in the 1000 block of Dennison Avenue in Dayton. The boy said he delayed telling anyone about the incident because he was scared. The robber couldn’t find any money, so grabbed a cell phone, then took off, according to the Dayton Daily News.

A grant has been awarded to renovate the former Springfield South High School to create a college and career readiness center that will benefit students from across the region. A consortium of Clark County Schools has been granted $11.3 million from the state of Ohio. The consortium is made up of the Springfield City School District, Clark-Shawnee Local, Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center and the Global Impact STEM Academy. Currently the STEM Academy is operating from the Clark State Community College.

The National Weather Service says we have a 40 percent chance for some rain showers and thunderstorms tonight, but that goes up to 70 percent on Tuesday. Lows tonight will drop to 69, with highs tomorrow coming in at 83. Rain is still possible tomorrow night and maybe Wednesday, too. Sunshine is back for Thursday, with highs at 81.